Elevator repair person dies in accident in shaft of Galaxy Towers

A 44-year-old elevator repair person from New Windsor, New York was accidentally killed inside an elevator shaft in Tower II of the Galaxy Towers Condominium on Boulevard East on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was an employee of Slade Elevator doing scheduled monthly maintenance on the elevator.
According to a statement issued by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the worker apparently got “entangled somehow between the elevator door and top portion of the elevator car and dragged upwards.” This contradicts earlier reports that he fell as much as 45 stories to his death.
The incident took place about 7:30 a.m. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 8 a.m. An email from Galaxy management to residents later that afternoon read, in part, “While there is no indication that this tragedy was a result of an elevator malfunction, in an abundance of caution, Tower II elevators will be operated by attendants, and will not be returned to automatic service until the safety of the elevators can be verified with certainty.”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating to determine an official cause of death.

One-on-one reading assistance available at library

Call today to make an appointment for one-on-one reading enrichment assistance on Monday to Thursday between 4 and 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Call (201) 869-4715 for an appointment. The library is at 8411 Bergenline Ave.

Extended tax collector hours on Feb. 10

The tax collector’s office will have extended hours on Feb. 10. Office hours will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wellness Wednesdays presents Cardiac Health on Feb. 10

Lifestyle changes are the single most effective way to prevent cardiac disease, one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Join this free bilingual session from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 for information on your cardiac health. The speaker is Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Angeli from Holy Name Medical Center. Dr. Angeli will answer questions and explain the latest information about prevention of cardiac disease. To register call (201) 833-3308.

Movies for kids and for seniors

Come to a free screening of “The Martian,” the 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon as an astronaut who is mistakenly presumed dead and left behind on Mars. The film depicts his struggle to survive and others’ efforts to rescue him. The film is based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel “The Martian.” Screenings will take place at 1 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the main library, 8411 Bergenline Ave., and at noon on Feb. 12 at the Kennedy Branch, 2123 Kennedy Blvd. Refreshments will be provided for free.
Attend a screening of “Minions” at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the main library, 8411 Bergenline Ave. Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Admission and refreshments are free and all ages are invited.

Recreation clinic basketball awards and basketball championship games upcoming

The annual clinic basketball awards will be held at North Bergen Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 12:30 p.m.
In addition, North Bergen Recreation boys and girls basketball will be playing championship games at the Recreation Center on Friday, Feb. 26. The first game starts at 6 p.m., the second game at 7 p.m., and the last game starts at 8 p.m.

Zumba for health and fun at the library on Feb. 21

Looking for a fun and effective workout? An exciting dance class? Enjoy both at the same time as the North Bergen Free Public Library hosts a free Zumba class on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. The library is at 8411 Bergenline Ave. For more information call (201) 869-4715 or visit

European retailer Primark to be among tenants when American Dream mall opens in 2017

Primark, a leading European retailer of women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s wear, and home goods, will open its first store in northern New Jersey at the American Dream mall in East Rutherford. The retailer will open as part of the American Dream grand opening, scheduled for 2017.
“We are delighted to be joining this superb location in the New York metropolitan area,” said Paul Marchant, Primark chief executive. “The opening of our store at American Dream is a notable step forward in our focused momentum in the Northeast, and we look forward to continuing to provide our amazing fashion at amazing prices to new Primark customers.”
Founded in June 1969, Primark has 299 stores and approximately 60,000 regular employees in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, France, and the United States. In addition to two stores currently open in the Northeastern U.S., Primark has announced plans to launch six store locations in 2016.
The 3 million-square-foot American Dream complex will contain a shopping mall with anchor tenants Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, along with over 450 retail, food and specialty shops, complemented by North America’s largest fully-enclosed indoor DreamWorks Water Park, Amusement Park, and a 16-story Big Snow Indoor Ski & Snow Park.
There will also be a 1,500-seat live performing arts theater, a 285-foot-tall observation wheel, luxury movie theatres by Cinemex, a 70,000-square-foot Sea Life Aquarium & Lego Discovery Center, a NHL-size ice rink, and an18-hole miniature golf course. The center also features The Collections, a 460,000 square foot luxury and fashion area, and The Dining Terrace, a collection of 15 full-service restaurants.

Free income tax preparation available

North Bergen residents age 55 or over, or in possession of proof of disability, with a yearly income below $55,000 are eligible for free income tax preparation. Preparation is by appointment only. Call (551) 262-0843 between Feb. 6 and April 13. Must bring identification, Social Security card, tax documents and 2014 tax return (first-time participants only).
For details on appointment times and locations, visit the town website at

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